Springfields is implementing a program with fishers based in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) participating in a sustainable vessel monitoring system (VMS) that shows where 40 small and medium-sized boats under 30 GT are catching their fish. Their project under the Indonesia Marine and Climate Support Project (IMACS) is financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Chemonics International Inc.
The trialed VMS provides a low cost solution for operation and maintenance, and easy to use by fishers and the Provincial Department of Fisheries (DKP) users. This VMS data will provide the DKP with information on vessel movements, catch data, and accidents to enable government officers to better support the fishers. It is integrated with the GPS SPOT satellite network for tracking, and the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) to provide weather updates for fishers. The VMS also integrates with an inbuilt SMS notification feature which advises registered fishers on weather and disaster alerts. It is expected that by monitoring vessels at sea, in conjunction with other IMACS activities to record landed catch and effort data, Ministry of Fisheries (KKP) and the DKPs will be able to add fish stock distribution data to stock assessment models used in fisheries management planning. The improvement of coastal populations ability to maintain social stability, especially related to fisheries management will improve the capacity of the residents to maintain future fish resources.